The ZEV Charging Manufacturing Project: Creating and Scaling Production Lines in California


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
The ZEV Charging Manufacturing Project: Creating and Scaling Production Lines in California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Project will create a new Level 2 production line and expand an existing direct current fast-charging (DCFC) manufacturing line to meet the growing demand for charging infrastructure in California and beyond. ChargePoint, Inc., (CP) in partnership with SMTC Manufacturing Corporation of California, will expand manufacturing capacity at an existing manufacturing site located at 1171 Montague Expressway. ChargePoint plans to perform testing on equipment at existing facilities located at 1510 Dell Ave and 1504 Dell Ave. Beneficiaries of this proposed project will include members of local communities due to job creation as a result of this project.

Contact Information

Hieu V Nguyen
Agency Name
Energy Commission
Job Title
Energy Commission Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Campbell, Milpitas
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
S. Milpitas Blvd and Montague Expressway
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Existing Facilities (14 CCR §15301)
Reasons for Exemption
CCR section number: 15301 Cal. Code Regs., title 14 Section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or not expansion of existing or former use, are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Work under this proposed project will consist of developing a new manufacturing line for Level 2 EV chargers within an existing manufacturing facility in Milpitas, California; scaling manufacturing of DC fast chargers at the same existing facility; and testing some of the newly-manufactured equipment at an existing testing facility in Campbell, CA. The expansion of manufacturing capacity at the Milpitas site will entail only installation of new equipment within an existing building shell, electrical panel upgrades and lighting, installation of office cubicles and other layout changes, and other minor modifications within the existing building. No modifications will be made to the floors, walls, or shell of the existing building. There will also be no physical changes to the existing facility in Campbell, CA. For these reasons, this project will have no significant impact on the environment and falls within Class 1, section 15301.


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